Remaking Home: Reconstructing Life, Place and Identity in Rome and Amsterdam

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Berghahn Books, Oct 30, 2009 - Social Science - 196 pages
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Rather than emphasising boundaries and territories by examining the 'integration' and 'acculturation' of the immigrant or the refugee, this book offers insights into the ideas and practices of individuals settling into new societies and cultures. It analyses their ideas of connecting and belonging; their accounts of the past, the present and the future; the interaction and networks of relations; practical strategies; and the different meanings of 'home' and belonging that are constructed in new sociocultural settings. The author uses empirical research to explore the experiences of refugees from the successor states of Yugoslavia, who are struggling to make a home for themselves in Amsterdam and Rome. By explaining how real people navigate through the difficulties of their displacement as well as the numerous scenarios and barriers to their emplacement, the author sheds new light on our understanding of what it is like to be a refugee.

 

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Contents

Reconstructing Life Place and Identity
1
Placemaking and Emplacement
25
Force Choice and the Creation of Solutions
44
Dependency Selfsufficiency and Agency
61
The Process of Recontructing Life
94
Chapter 5Transnational Lives of Refugees Questions of Citizenship Belonging and Return
119
Appendix 1
143
Appendix 2
150
Appendix 3
151
Appendix 4
155
Appendix 5
159
Bibliography
161
Index
173
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About the author (2009)

Maja Korac is Reader in the School of Social Sciences, Media and Cultural Studies at the University of East London. She is author of Captives of Their Sex: Social Identity of Young Rural Women Between Traditional Culture and Contemporary Values (1991, Belgrade: Institute of Sociological Research, University of Belgrade; published in Serbo-Croatian), Linking Arms: Women and War in post-Yugoslav States (1998, Uppsala: Life & Peace Institute), and co-editor of Feminists under Fire: Exchanges across War Zones (2003, Toronto: Between the Lines).

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